Nce youth, I firmly believe that animals are way smarter than we think. Scientific evidence proves that our world isn’t the epicenter of the solar system, but now it also demonstrates that we’re not the only center of intellect.
But what are considered levels of intellect? How and who defines them? Do you think some animals are far smarter than some folks?
Throughout my experiences, I think . Just because animals cannot talk or read, for example, does not automatically indicate that they cannot think or feel. When comparing one species of animals to another, or even to humans, we can see various degrees of intelligence.
So, we’re deceiving ourselves into thinking that, for thousands of years we are more intelligent than the rest of the animal kingdom. And that, despite growing evidence nowadays to the opposite. Needless to say, I do not deny that we, human animals, are smart when it comes to doing what has to be done to survive. But other species might be way smarter than we are, believe or think.
Intelligence is Relative
Numerous animals have exceptional brains, but the majority of people purely misunderstand lots of their abilities. It is widespread truth in the animal kingdom. In some cases, animals possess greater reasoning faculties than any human being. So, some of them are probably way smarter.
And some of their activities or behaviors can’t merely be considered instinct. When we look at different animals, we often can’t do what they do. Sometimes, the way they act or the things they do are very complicated, like a bat flying in the dark. These creatures can catch flying insects in midair directly with echolocation.
So, it does not only takes instinct but a lot of brainpower to realize such feat. Yet we don’t pay attention to these kinds of things because we think it is irrelevant. Most individuals do not evaluate the skills of animals, but instead compare them in term of intellect. As long as they can’t reason, talk, or read, then they must not be as bright as we are.
Outlining Who’s Way Smarter
Through the ages, the ruling classes, from faith to scholars, do repeat the exact same belief:”We, humans are incomparable because we are the cleverest being in the animal kingdom.” They also pretend that animals have no soul or feelings. However, science and life show us that animals do have feelings, a soul, and reasoning faculties which makes them far smarter than we think.
So, this belief of believing that we are superior in intelligence goes back a few ten thousand years ago. It began when man made agriculture, farms, and domestication of animals. It then gained momentum with the beliefs of faith, which considered humans as the principal species in production.
But does it mean that our intellect is at a higher level? Of course not; they are just of different types. When a foreigner tries to speak with you using an imperfect, flawed or broken version of your speech, your first impression is they are not very wise. However, the truth is entirely different.
When it comes to animals, they are way smarter than what we are inclined to give them credit for. They are just smart in their own terms, which often look nothing like yours or mine. I think we can learn a lot of things from them such as love, empathy, and compassion. So when they care, you are able to observe that they genuinely do; it is not simply a fake disguise like human beings do.
Of the animal kingdom, some of these beings love humans unconditionally. If something happens to us, creatures don’t put us down, push us suddenly decide not to love us anymore. That attitude only shows they are way smarter than we are.
No matter the circumstances, they are there at our side until the end, and too often, we take this for granted. Yet, some people don’t have any problem getting rid of an animal when it does not fit their life or schedule anymore.
The Intelligence of Animals
Every day, our pets communicate with us through their demands and make us do things they need. The animal world is considerably more complicated than we seem to believe or think. My dad is a racehorse trainer, so I grew around horses and lived for several years in an apartment above a racehorse stable. Cats and dogs were also an integral part of my life like with any standard equine barn.
In the 60’s, there were no smartphones or sophisticated cameras to create videos in seconds. But all my life, I witnessed behaviors, memory and intelligence tricks from animals.
One day, my father bought a racehorse called”Murdoch” from a different town, twenty miles away. While galloping, a tractor created an enormous noise that terrified the animal, and its rider fell off. The horse, then alone, dashed throughout the track and jumped over the barrier disappearing into the woods.
It was time to get in the car. I rode along, at my dad’s side, to search for the horse. A couple of hours later, on our return to the barn, the prior owner called. In amazement, she told my father that the animal was at her ranch.
So, it meant that the horse galloped over roads and through woods to contact his previous barn without a single scratch. He figured how to do twenty miles of unknown territory and return where he came from. Not only the horse did so, but because of cameras around the ranch, we could see how he did enter the horse farm.
When arriving at the front entrance, the animal saw that it was closed. So it went around the back, pushed the little gate and climbed the steps standing in its own way. Then found an open stall, entered it and waited there, realizing that it had been the only home he knew.
Animals Are Way Smarter
Animals are amazing and deserve just as much respect as individuals for their memory, intellect, tenacity and unconditional love.
Horses, dogs, and cats, among many species that spend time around people, can recognize body language signs that you or I don’t pay attention to.
Primates such as chimpanzees can easily beat people at remembering a series of numbers that they watched for a fraction of a second.
Octopuses learn how to open childproof caps on drug bottles, which a lot people cannot unlock.
Birds figure out and understand the complex mechanisms of flying and landing.
Crows, pictured in horror films for stupid reasons, aren’t just one of the most intelligent birds, but they’re way smarter than most animals.
Animals Have Feelings
While they have different brain structures, experts estimate that animals such as crows and apes handle and use a combination of mental tools. It even includes imagination and the expectation of potential future events so they can solve problems.
I witnessed a few crows learning how to use cars for cracking nuts. They wait patiently at intersections while keeping eye on the traffic lights. So, once the traffic stops they retrieve a nut that vehicles crushed, which they have put earlier on the road.
Furthermore, it is now evident that elephants grieve. Most mammals feel joy, love, and sadness or distress. It wasn’t a little kitten but a full grown cat. The cat was now living with her countryside home fifteen miles away from the hospital, and he looked unhappy.
Give Animals Credit
One day, she opened the door, and the cat flew by her, running away into the fields. Ten days later, thinking that she dropped the creature forever, it showed up on the hospital ground. The animal had lost a lot of weight and appeared to endure a minor injury, but he was alive. He had found his way home through fields and against incredible obstacles.
So, human beings have to stop this obsession of comparing animals to human ability. We pick things that we are good at, like language or technology. And we then associate it with intelligence to other species of the planet. But animals are far smarter than we think.